Associate Laboratory Director–Mission Assurance
Sandia National Laboratories
Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Industry: Government Contractor
CEO: Dr. Stephen Younger
His Credentials: BS, engineering, Harvey Mudd College; MS, electrical engineering, microelectronics & integrated circuits, University of Southern California; MBA, finance and marketing, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Six Sigma Black Belt; SAE-certified Lead Auditor
His Philosophy: Listen. Be responsive. Seize every opportunity to be inclusive. Encourage everyone to bring to their whole self to work.
In 2019, Associate Laboratory Director Mark Sellers helped Sandia implement the following significant changes to its hiring policy:
- At least one qualified woman and one qualified minority applicant must be interviewed, assuming a qualified woman and a qualified minority are present in the applicant pool
- Diverse interview panels are recommended for all positions
The Labs were already progressing toward greater demographic diversity, with the percentage of R&D positions filled by women rising from 16.3 percent in FY18 to 20.3 percent in FY19, as well as 2.5 percent growth in minority and women management populations since FY17.
Also, in FY19, the Labs’ top two levels of management attended multiday immersion training focused on changing the behaviors of Sandia’s majority white male population, making leaders allies, and creating an inclusive environment that promotes a sense of belonging, and where people feel respected, valued for who they are, and can experience a level of support and commitment that inspires them to do their best work.